Maxtor's drive continues its excellent performance in our IOMeter
indices, normalized averages of light, medium, and heavy loads
of StorageReview.com's custom access patterns
. The Atlas manages to best Seagate's offering by a margin of 3%-5% under all patterns. It becomes clear, however, that the 10k III's lower spindle speed
puts it at a disadvantage under these loads when compared to 15k RPM units from Seagate and IBM. The Atlas simply can't keep up with those powerhouses in these situations.